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AND THEN THERE WERE FOUR: GOLD COAST GIRL TARA BRINGS IT HOME ON THE BACH­E­LOR

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - SALLY COATES

You should spot some fa­mil­iar scenery if you tune into The Bach­e­lor tonight. Our girl Tara Pavlovic has reached the fi­nal four in the race for ro­mance and is bring­ing it home, and by “it” we mean the Bach­e­lor him­self, Matty J.

“I never thought I’d make it to the home vis­its, no way,” she laughs.

“I didn’t think I’d make it past the first few weeks. It’d be a bit weird to even think, ‘Oh yeah I’ll def­i­nitely make it to this stage (home vis­its).’ I think ex­pect the worst rather than pre­pare for the best.”

It seems to be work­ing for the ca­reer nanny so far, who thought she’d be bet­ter suited to a hard yakka, blue-col­lar man who en­joys a Bun­nings snag and Mil­ton mango.

“I’m con­fi­dent in my­self, in my per­son­al­ity, but I wasn’t too con­fi­dent in how my per­son­al­ity matched with Matty’s per­son­al­ity,” she says.

“Maybe if the Bach­e­lor was a bo­gan tradie I’d feel more con­fi­dent.

“I’d def­i­nitely see my­self go to home­town vis­its if that was the case.

“He’s a full proper Bondi mar­ket­ing pro­fes­sional. He’s le­git. As if he’s go­ing to pick me, sim­ple Tara. I’m stoked I’m still here.”

Tonight you can watch as Tara takes Matty to one of our city’s land­mark theme parks, which was closed to the pub­lic for film­ing, be­cause as Tara jokes: “Matty J wait in a line? I don’t think so.”

“I or­gan­ised the date for him, I took him to a theme park,” she says.

“Theme parks are my favourite thing, I may have only re­cently moved to the Gold Coast but every time I came here I’d look for­ward to the theme parks the most.

“Be­cause he’s al­ways go­ing on about want­ing some­one who’s ad­ven­tur­ous … I knew he’d be fine.

“But I don’t think he thought I’d like theme parks, I think he was sur­prised.”

Tara is a rel­a­tively fresh GC girl, only mov­ing here in February. But luck­ily, she’s got some fam­ily here too who will host fam­ily time – two sis­ters, their hus­bands, their chil­dren and Tara’s brother.

Tara says they’re a lot like her in the sense that they’re non-judge­men­tal and warm.

“My fam­ily are so chill I wasn’t wor­ried at all about them not lik­ing him,” she says.

“They give every­one the time of day.

“They might form judge­ments in their own mind but no mat­ter what they’d wel­come him with open arms.

“I wasn’t wor­ried about them em­bar­rass­ing me at all, they’re leg­ends, they wouldn’t do any­thing to em­bar­rass me on pur­pose or ac­ci­den­tally ei­ther.

“I wasn’t wor­ried at all re­ally, I didn’t do too much wor­ry­ing on the show.

“I just went with the flow every day – what­ever’s meant to be will be.”

The home vis­its sig­nify the pointy end of the sea­son, and they’re also the point when the pub­lic be­gins the­o­ris­ing over who the next sea­son’s star might be.

The pro­mos for Gold Coast girl So­phie Monk’s Bach­e­lorette sea­son have al­ready be­gun, but could we have two in a row?

Tara says she wouldn’t say no, but would like to see that the con­tes­tants are bet­ter cared for if she were in Matty’s po­si­tion.

“I would ask for more in­for­ma­tion and see ex­actly how it works,” she says. “There are a few things I’d want to chat about, about how it’s run.

“A lot of the girls strug­gled emo­tion­ally and I think there could have been ways to help girls not strug­gle as much.

“I wouldn’t want to be the cat­a­lyst of peo­ple strug­gling for my own gain.

“I think they could make it emo­tion­ally eas­ier for peo­ple.”

The Bach­e­lor con­tin­ues tonight at 7.30pm on Chan­nel 10

I MAY HAVE ONLY RE­CENTLY MOVED TO THE GOLD COAST BUT EVERY TIME I CAME HERE I’D LOOK FOR­WARD TO THE THEME PARKS THE MOST

Tara Pavlovic takes time out at The Star Gold Coast. Pic­ture: Richard Gosling

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